Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Link-up for Fully Finished Gallery SAL - February 2021

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.

The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.

We had a really good start to the year last month with 63 FFOs - the highest number since the 71 in the very first SAL two years ago today!

This month I have five to show. These are quite old ones which have only recently been 'found' and added to my Box Of Shame; how nice to put them in the box in January and take them out in February!

Toby the Tram Engine from Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends was stitched w-a-y back in 2005 for my then young son. He has been made into a simple card (yes, the letters are supposed to be wonky!):

These two monsters, also stitched in 2005, are from a set of three from a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. For finishing, the stitching was just sandwiched between two pieces of card and some mini gingham ribbon added around the aperture to cover the mess on one of them where my cutting blade slipped. In fact the ribbon looks so effective that I'm tempted to say the slipping of the blade was deliberate!

Smiley Cat by Mouseloft was stitched in 2008 and took all of 5 minutes to trim and put into a mini Framecraft frame:

Finally, this Boofle Christmas card was a magazine cover kit stitched in 2015 but never blogged. I used the card from the kit but added a Christmas-themed brad and a piece of red glitter felt under the stitching for a bit of depth:

In addition, but not counting towards the FFO total, are four dolphin cards I re-FFOd. I wasn't particularly happy with the amount of card around the aperture so have made them a little bigger. I've also added ribbon and an extra gem on each and am much happier now; that extra 7mm each side makes all the difference.

That's it from me, so now it's over to you.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th February.

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And please don't forget to follow other links and see what fellow fully-finishers have been up to; an encouraging comment can go a long way.

Next month's post will go live on 10th March at 6am UK time. See you there?

Take care,
Rachel x


Rita said...

Beautiful finishes!

Clare-Aimetu said...

What wonderful finishes, I like the way you photograph each stitched and then again finished, thank you for hosting another FFO

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the great finishes Rachel. I sorts remember the dolphin cards. Can you tell me where you got the patterns?


Erin said...

Oh my goodness, I just finished something last night! Yay!

Cathy said...

Lovely finishes! You are so creative when it comes to finishing projects.

Kaisievic said...

Lots of great finishes, Rachel. They are all so very cute.

Suzanne H said...

Congratulations to everyone who finished in January! I'm off to a slow start this year but I do have at least one finish finish for February. I love all your finishes this month Rachel. All bright, cheery and fun!

Katie said...

All linked up with two more finishes. Love your finishes. I think the added border for the dolphins looks a lot better too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great finishing this month. I agree that the wider borders look much neater and more in proportion.
My son used to like Toby a lot. In fact he knew it was time to to get up when he saw Toby's number on the clock, but Percy's number was too early!

Sheryl said...

Pretty stitcheries Rachel, bright and colourful finishes.

Faith... said...

Very cute finishes Rachel! I just love those monsters.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely finishes, Rachel.
What always surprises me is how long it actually takes to fully finish something. It is especially true for those items that I think won't take long!

Leonore Winterer said...

These are all great! You did well - so simple, yet very effective. I just managed to slip in with one finish this month, but at least I'm still in the race!

Astrids dragon said...

So many sweet finishes! I really like Toby and the Monsters.

Tiffstitch said...

I like how you redid the cards, and lovely work on the others too. I need to bookmark these so I remember how to finish things so neatly.